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H. Eugene Stanley


American physicist. Earned his Ph.D. in Physics at Harvard University in 1967. In the early 1960s, working at the Lincoln Laboratory of M.I.T., Stanley carried out computations to determine properties of the Heisenberg model near the critical point. With the help of computers, he obtained highly accurate numbers for critical exponents. He found that his method of high temperature expansions for describing a phase transition produced results that were valid not only in three dimensions, but surprisingly in two dimensions. Working with Thomas Kaplan, Stanley showed that there cannot be spontaneous magnetization. They identified what seemed to be a transition exhibiting a divergent susceptibility that was clearly related to the fluctuations of the magnetization, while the magnetization itself remained zero. Owing to this result, experimentalists became interested in two-dimensional physics. Subsequently, Stanley became a leading contributor to statistical physics and its applications, and to the physics of complex systems.

H. Eugene Stanley is the Director of the Center for Polymer Studies of Boston University. Curriculum vitae.
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